The Keizer Cultural Center and Keizer Homegrown Theatre (KHT) were recipients of financial grants from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation (MCDC) at a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Salem’s Mission Mill.
The Keizer organizations were two of the 64 cultural organizations receiving grants. A total of $80,000 was distributed.
Keizer Cultural Center received $3,750 for an updated monument sign outside the building at 980 Chemawa Rd. NE. Keizer Homegrown Theatre received a $2,000 grant for operations.
Board president Robert Becker and Vice President Lore Christopher explained to the audience of about 60 how the money will be used and the four tenants of the building (Keizer Community Library, Keizer Art Association and Keizer Heritage Museum along with KHT.
Bob Busch, a Keizer Homegrown Theatre board director accepted for that group. Busch told of the elements of the theatre and outlined the 2023 season.
The Marion Cultural Development Corporation (MCDC) is an affiliate of the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) serving Marion County. Its purpose is to enhance arts, culture, and heritage activities throughout the county. It fulfills this purpose primarily by awarding grants for projects in these areas to cultural non-profits or individuals sponsored by them. Between 2005 and 2019, MCDC has awarded over $447,166 with more than 268 grants to over 112 different organizations. Applications for grants to help fund projects to be carried out in 2020 are due by the dates listed below. Information on eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria can be found here on the MCDC website. Applications must be made online.